Deborah Hosts Free Sudden Cardiac Arrest Screenings

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BROWNS MILLS – Deborah Heart and Lung Center will be hosting free Sudden Cardiac Arrest Screenings for middle and high school age students on October 20, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Deborah Heart and Lung Center, located at 200 Trenton Road, Browns Mills, NJ.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the number one health-related cause of death in adolescents in the US. Those under the age of 20 can suffer from SCA, usually health teens with no prior symptoms. According to The American Academy of Pediatrics, as many as 2,000 children and young adults die of SCA each year.

Even local teens have been affected by this condition, such as the Holmdel high school student who died while playing lacrosse or the 18-year old high school student in Teaneck who died in her sleep.

While pediatricians do not routinely perform cardiac screenings on teenagers, Deborah has hosted free cardiac screenings for teenagers throughout the state in recent years to combat SCA.

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Students, ages 12-19, from any school district, are welcome to register for this event. Screenings includes blood pressure, body mass index, heart auscultation, electrocardiogram (ECG) and if needed, an echocardiogram (sonic heart imaging). Confidential results will be delivered to each parent after review by a Deborah cardiologist.

Appointments are first come, first served. Students can pre-register online at deborahfoundation.org.